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ERBIL – At least 19 militants from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) were killed on Sunday in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s province of Nineveh, as a result of an attack by the US-led coalition’s warplanes, local sources reported.
Local activists confirmed that at least two prominent leaders were killed in Sunday’s attack.
Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, media activist J.Z. said that Jassim Salim al-Matyouti, ISIS governor of al-Jazeera area, and Ahmed Ghanem al-Hadidi, Emir of the so-called ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’, were killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition forces on the group’s strongholds in the city of Mosul.
The ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ is a unit for child soldiers who fight in the ranks of ISIS. It has branches in every city controlled by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
“The US-led coalition warplanes conducted several airstrikes in the city of Mosul, hitting the Faculty of Science [Department of Chemistry] at the University of Mosul, which has been taken over by ISIS jihadis as headquarters,” the source reported, pointing out the attack led to the death of at least 19 jihadis, including those top leaders.
On Saturday, Iraqi army forces shelled ISIS strongholds in the northern province of Nineveh, killing the ISIS senior official and the oil minister Wahid as-Sabaawi, according to military sources. As-Sabaawi was killed during the 15th Artillery Squad’s bombardment on the outskirts of al-Qayyarah area south of Mosul.
In March, US-led coalition forces conducted several airstrikes in the Iraqi province of Anbar, killing Mohammed Khalaf al-Satouri, a senior official in the ISIS group along with four of his companions in the western district of Hit in Anbar, according to official sources.
Also in March, Thaher Mohammed Salman al-Sabawi, a top ISIS commander in Nineveh province, was reported dead along with other militants from the group, according to Iraqi security sources.
Over the past few days, the hardline group has lost more than three prominent leaders in the US-led coalition airstrikes and bombing by the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces on ISIS positions.
The coalition’s airstrikes have also recently killed dozens of prominent ISIS jihadis across Syria besides hitting tactical units, Sharia courts and oil fields held by ISIS. With the death toll increasing in its ranks, the hardline group currently suffers shortage of manpower and financial resources.
Reporting by: Salar Qassim
Source: ARA News